The shiny, happy cars of Cars&Coffee…

Shiny, happy cars, and hordes of happy people. That’s the atmosphere experienced each and every week at Cars&Coffee, and this past Saturday was no exception.

Under the cover of darkness, two white on white Lamborghini’s rumbled in, circled the lot and parked side by side. One was an early Countach 5000 S, and the second, a Diablo VT Roadster.

2 White Lamborghinis_Countach and Diablo VT_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Lamborghini Countach 5000 S _white interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Lamborghini Countach 5000 S _rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster _rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster _3/4 rear,taillight view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

2 White Lamborghinis_Diablo VT roadster and Countach 5000 S_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster_rear wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

2 White Lamborghinis_Diablo VT roadster & Countach 5000 S_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

With no rain in sight, and the light morning overcast rapidly burning off with the sunrise, an amazing collection of bright shiny cars were soon revealed. The pair of Lamborghini’s acted like a glowing beacon within the parking lot, with their scissor doors pointed skyward like searchlights, and quickly began drawing a crowd…

Porsche row_Cars&Coffe/Irvine_2/18/12

Over at Porsche row, I was pleasantly surprised to see that on this particular morning, the entire row was occupied by Porsches; from  356′s, 914′s, 911′s, 912′s, and a rare 911 GT2RS …

 Red 2011 Porsche 911 GT2RS_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Red 2011 Porsche 911 GT2RS_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Red 2011 Porsche 911 GT2RS_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Porsche 356 _hubcap reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911RS recreation_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911RS recreation_rear wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911RS recreation_Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Blue Porsche 997 turbo_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Leaf Green Porsche 930 turbo RSR /934 recreation_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Red Porsche 356 SC coupe_Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Red Porsche 356 SC coupe_Porsche row_headlights_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And parked immediately behind Porsche row, was this beautiful blue 1965 Porsche 356 SC cabriolet…

Blue 1965 Porsche 356 SC cabriolet_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Blue 1965 Porsche 356 SC cabriolet_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And parked on yet another row, perpendicular to Porsche row, was this pair of modified Porsche 997 GT3 coupes…

Silver and white, Porsche 997 GT3's_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Porsche 997 GT3 _Carbon fiber hood and Porsche emblem_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Porsche 997 GT3 _Carbon fiber hood & emblem_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And over at the “Featured lot”, was a gathering of the Roush Road Crew / Ford Mustang car club…

Roush mustang car club gathering_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Roush mustangs_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And situated opposite from the Roush mustangs, were several vintage Ford roadsters seen below. The black roadster was a highly modified 1933 model, complete with tan leather interior and matching rumble seat, and burl wood dash. Under the hood sat a highly modified Chevrolet power plant that was just as impressive as the rest of the car. The body work and paint finish alone were spectacular, delivering reflections from every angle, like a black mirror…

Black 1933 Ford roadster_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/181/12

Black 1933 Ford roadster_interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/181/12

Black 1933 Ford roadster_rear view/rumble seat reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/181/12

Black 1933 Ford roadster_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/181/12

Black 1933 Ford roadster_with chevy motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/181/12

And representing Chevrolet, was this amazing silver Corvette Sting Ray coupe, complete with a L72, 427 cubic inch motor…

Silver, L72 Corvette Sting Ray coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Silver, L72 Corvette Sting Ray coupe_427 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Silver, L72 Corvette Sting Ray coupe_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12And every so often, one comes across an interesting radiator cap secured to a massive chrome grill…

Hood ornament_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Or a time capsule, 1951 Studebaker Champion, with fighter plane styled influences…

1951 Blue Studebaker Champion_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

1951 Blue Studebaker Champion_interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Perhaps a P-38 lightning influenced front end?

1951 Blue Studebaker Champion_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Also in attendance, and representing Jaguar, were these three examples of their latest high performance offering – the 2012 XKR-S. Interestingly, two out of the three XK’s present, (one in French Racing Blue and the second in Italian Racing Red Metallic / both in coupe form), looked identical to two of the cars currently represented in Jaguars new commercial for the XKR-S.  Shown below (in Polaris white), was the sole convertible…

Polaris white Jaguar XKR-S roadster_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Polaris white Jaguar XKR-S roadster_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Italian Racing Red metallic Jaguar XKR-S coupe_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Italian Racing Red metallic Jaguar XKR-S coupe_headlight & fender details_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Italian Racing Red metallic Jaguar XKR-S coupe_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Italian Racing red metallic Jaguar XKR-S coupe_20" wheel & red brake caliper_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

French Racing Blue Jaguar XKR-S coupe_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

French Racing Blue Jaguar XKR-S coupe_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

French Racing Blue Jaguar XKR-S coupe_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

What makes these three cars even more unique, in addition to their being powered by a four cam, 5 liter supercharged V8, pumping out 550 horsepower, and rolling on 20″ wheels,  is the fact that Jaguar only manufactured 25 examples of this particular model for 2012.  Apparently Jaguar is already at work on a second limited production run of XKR-S models (100 only) for 2013…

And with several 1960′s vintage Jaguar E type coupes on site for comparison, it was easy  to see where the designers drew their inspiration and historical references from for this new model…

Black on tan Jaguar E type roadster_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Charcoal gray Jaguar E type roadster_opened hood_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And in what seems to be becoming a trend, the Lamborghini owners once again converged along the very last row of the parking lot, with the landscaped hillsides serving as a photographic backdrop…

Red Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Yellow Lamborghini Gallardo & red Gallardo Spyder_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Lamborghini row with a silver McLaren MP4-12C slipped in for good measure below…

Lamborghini row & silver McLaren_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And tucked away over by the Mazda facility loading docks, was this amazing gray (Grigio Medio) Ferrari 599…Gray Ferrari 599_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Gray Ferrari 599_3/4 rear view_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Gray Ferrari 599_  prancing horse logo & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And last but not least, hidden away in the furthest back corner of the lot, and at the opposite end of Lamborghini row, was this beautiful white  Porsche 911 GT3RS with titanium colored graphics…

White Porsche GT3RS_titanium colored graphics_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Porsche GT3RS_headlight detail and fender graphic_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Given the massive turn out that was experienced last weekend, one can only speculate as to the hidden treasures awaiting discovery this Saturday…

(all photos by the author)

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